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Photo Gallery: Senior Parade

Photo Gallery: Senior Parade

Baya Burgess, Isis Norris, and Emma Holsclaw

May 27, 2020

Administration delivers food to students

Brooke Burgess, Reporter

April 26, 2020

When schools closed, many students’ access to steady food supply was cut off. During the past weeks, administration has developed a plan to provide for students in need. “Our goal is to operate a safe program as long as we can and serve as many students as possible, the best meal possible,”...

Superintendent Lewis outlines continued education

Superintendent Lewis outlines continued education

Jack Bellemere, Reporter

March 23, 2020

During an online meeting on Wednesday March 18, Free State journalism editors interviewed  USD 497 Superintendent Dr. Anthony Lewis about the district’s plans for the remainder of the school year. In light of Kansas governor Laura Kelly suspending in-person classes for the next several months, th...

Photo Gallery: Pep Assembly

Photo Gallery: Pep Assembly

Isabel Janssen, Photographer

March 3, 2020

USD 497 sues Juul for damages of vaping epidemic

USD 497 sues Juul for damages of vaping epidemic

Jack Bellemere, Reporter

February 24, 2020

“I don't think [the administration] outwardly cares about their students,” one anonymous student said when describing their frustration with USD 497’s anti-vaping initiatives. “I think they just care about reputation.” The student, who has used e-cigarettes since their freshman year, is descr...

Photo Gallery: Student Council Dodgeball Tournament

Photo Gallery: Student Council Dodgeball Tournament

Isabel Janssen, Photographer

February 4, 2020

News Brief: District advises families after potential local Coronavirus case reported

Sabrina Castle, Editor-in-Chief

January 29, 2020

On Tuesday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced a potential case of the Coronavirus at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. After recently visiting Wuhan, China the patient showed respiratory symptoms and was admitted to an isolation room designed for infection prevention.  The same day, C...

Photo Gallery: Girls Basketball

Photo Gallery: Girls Basketball

Isabel Janssen, Photographer

January 27, 2020

January 7, 2020

Boys Basketball Season Preview

Boys Basketball Season Preview

Nate Ankenbauer, Sports Reporter

December 21, 2019

Coach Sam Stroh and the varsity boys basketball team have tipped off their season in the Hays City Shootout, placing third out of eight teams.  They started their season off with a 59 to 35 win over Millwood, Oklahoma. The win booked them a trip to the semifinals where they would play Manhattan. ...

Hy-Vee closing affects student employees

Hy-Vee closing affects student employees

Vivian Moriarty, Reporter

December 16, 2019

With students constantly searching for a means to make money, many joined the Hy-Vee staff for its convenient location and supportive team. In light of its closing, former employees are now stressing about how to support themselves financially.  “The close has definitely taken a mental toll on me with the st...

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